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    07-18-2009, 04:01 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Endless Journey Girl    
How do you think these mini's are trained to be ridden? You can't just expect to put a "small child" on the horse and train them. It's just not logical. I don't know very many 7 or 8 year olds that train horses, I'm sure they are out there but not a lot.
I can't answer that one as I know nothing about the training of a mini -- all I know is what the rules of thumb are from the American Miniature Horse Association's is the website: AMERICAN MINIATURE HORSE ASSOCIATION

This is directly copied from their website...
Q. Do people ride Miniature Horses?

A. Miniature Horses should not be ridden by anyone over 70 pounds; however, Miniatures are extremely adept at learning to drive. Although small children are of the appropriate weight and many Miniature Horses are gentle and willing mounts, as with any combination of horse and child, caution is advised.
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    07-18-2009, 04:03 PM
Green Broke
Those people should have at least been practicing correct equitation.
    07-18-2009, 04:08 PM
Green Broke
Endless Journey, I tried looking it up on the internet for you...looks like what's done normally is you can break a mini just like any other horse, except for riding in can saddle break them but just not ride them. If they are quiet enough (as is normally their nature), you can lead them around with a small child on. But most do not get on and train them in the saddle, since they are normally not ridden by adults.

Which is probably why most kids who ride have ponies, not mini's.
    07-18-2009, 05:37 PM
Most mini's I see being ridden are at fairs. They put little tiny kids on them. They are on a walker type contraption so there is no way the minis can get away. For the most part they usually look terribly bored but put up with the little kids on their backs. I have no idea how they train them to do this. However I kind of doubt its with an adult rider. Maybe they just do lots of groundwork, put the tack on and then slowly add some weight on top. Maybe they have a young skilled small rider help. When I was about 10 I could have handled an unbroken mini as long as it had decent manners and I only weighed about 65 lbs at the most when I was that age.

However they do it I don't think its with a 100 plus pound person. However for a minute I don't really have a huge issue with it, but its sort of dumb.
    07-19-2009, 04:20 PM
I know of 4 kids at my barn right now under 70lbs who could easily ride an unbroke mini. More if you just led the mini around. There is NO excuse for someone that large riding a mini IMO
    07-19-2009, 04:24 PM
I agree :)
    07-19-2009, 04:25 PM
Yeah, I don't really think you actually break.

How do they break miniature horses?? - Yahoo! Answers
    07-19-2009, 05:47 PM
Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
Wow...I don't care if that was the ONLY time she ever did it, she was probably hurting the poor guy's back! And pulling on his mouth like that, ugh Just...I want to go kidnap him and bring him home to live in my backyard where people twice his size won't sit on his back!! Poor guy...if you look on the American Mini Horse website it states that no one over 70 lbs should ever ride a mini horse...and the general rule of thumb with ANY horse is that no one weighing more than 20-25% of the horse's body weight should be riding him. Mini's are like 150-250 lbs, so basically unless you're a small child you're just hurting them
A 150-250 lb horse should not be carrying ANYTHING! The girth measurements (around) for a mini that weight is about 36-44 inches. Around the girth! Thats teeny!

A mini shoud weigh at east 350 to carry anything.
    07-19-2009, 05:51 PM
Green Broke
^^ They CAN, however, pull more than their weight. I really don't think minis should be ridden, IMO. Maybe just lil 10+ hand Shetlands at the most. I only think they should be used for pulling..
    07-19-2009, 05:53 PM
I agree with the pulling. I love watching a team of minis. The weight is distributed way differently. I would prefer not to see mini rode at all either. If you want to ride, get on a larger pony/horse.

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